There is a new book out by author S.E. Cupp called Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. The title of the book pretty much says it all - Ms. Cupp (What if her first name was Debbie and she didn't have a middle name - would that make her D. Cupp? Sorry, I had to ask) believes that the liberals are attacking Christianity.

I think we all know that Conservatives are much more likely to flaunt their religious beliefs than a Liberal might be. While you might think that this is a recent trend in our political landscape it has actualy been going on since the beginning of our country. While the majority of our founding fathers were deists and not really Christian, the heavier Christians in the group would often accuse their foes of not being Christian enough. The politicians of both yesterday and today are Christians but because they do not campaign on their Christian ideals they are deemed to be not as qualified as their evangelical counterparts. There is no middle ground with these people.

So what is my point with all of this? If you guessed that this post is about religion you would be wrong.

Ms. Cupp is an atheist.

That's right - this author that took several months out of her life to both write and defend her book thought it necessary to write a book that defends Christianity. But why did she do it? Because she thought it more important to defend her party than her religious belief (or lack thereof). And that is the state of American life today - it is more important to belong to a group and defend that group (no matter how assinine that will make you look at times) than to do the right thing. Full disclosure: I did not read the book but I heard several interviews with Ms. Cupp as she appeared on several shows that I frequent. It was pretty easy to see where she is coming from. As you might expect, Bill Maher did a number on her when she visited his show.

My attempt to stay consistent with my own beliefs (not being a lacky to any group or ideology) puts me into bed with some very strange bedfellows - Christian Liberals. For the life of me I can't fathom where the Liberals are attacking Christianity. Is it so wrong to try to uphold the separation of church and state? Is it wrong to have a speech that doesn't mention God?

And for the record, the Democrats pull the same crap with different subjects. If you dare to ask if the money for the school budgets are used effectively you're cast as being anti-school. Question how unemployment verification and you're an uncaring right-winger. It's the same dishonest garbage and it keeps us from having honest conversations and real solutions. At various times yesterday I was accused of being a lacky for the right and the left based on the topic that was being discussed. It saddens me that people can't think for themselves and realize that others are thinking for themselves.

The video below is really interesting. Cupp's position (she brags that she just got her master's degree) is that religion is good for the world and thus she feels the need to defend religion in general and Christianity in particular. You'll also find the obligatory statement that atheists are just as dogmatic in their beliefs as believers are. Cupp really comes across as an amateur playing with the big boys and girls. Link to the original blog

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Comment by Johnny on August 27, 2010 at 10:00am
As many others have expressed, I'm fairly sure she is fake. While its true that atheists come in many shapes, sizes, and ideologies... She just seems to display far too many characteristics and ideas that run counter to the large umbrella that is atheism.
Comment by Pesci on August 27, 2010 at 10:20am
I've heard several interviews with her and I think she just isn't that smart. I think that her naive belief that religion is good for society causes her to hold the position that she does. I can see why people would think that she is a fake but I really don't see it. I think she is someone that desires to be an intellectual and falls miserably short. Is she trying for an angle with this book? Perhaps, but she seems to be genuine in her belief.
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on August 27, 2010 at 3:28pm
I think I heard it from Joe Biden in a video on youtube - "question first your opponents intelligence before questioning his intent". Paraphrased, of course. I have yet to develop a decent cynicism, so it does seem to me that Cupp is just dumb, and not lying.
Comment by Anne Chenier on August 28, 2010 at 1:15am
come on guys. how can you NOT think she's intelligent? just look at those glasses. only smart people wear glasses like that.
Comment by Shine on August 28, 2010 at 10:46am
I've argued that Cupp's profession of atheism is illogical given her actual expressed ideology. Regardless of her politics, she is deliberately capitalizing on the controversy inherent in the label of "atheism" as a cheap hook to sell her books. And, hey, it's working; would we be talking about her if she was just a "nonreligious but spiritual" person who wrote a book defending Christianity?
Comment by Shine on August 28, 2010 at 10:48am
(Edit: I know that some of the syllogisms in that essay I linked are wonky but I've been too lazy to go back and amend them. Oops.)
Comment by Galen on August 28, 2010 at 9:44pm
Janis, you've just described the principal known as "Hanlon's Razor" which says "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

I like to call this the "George Bush rule" lol.
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on August 29, 2010 at 9:01am
Thanks, Galen, know I have another term. I like terms.
Michel, good point, when money or power is involved, you can never be sure.

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